|Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving - TED.com|
Ethnographer Wade Davis explores hidden places in the wider world -- but in this powerful short talk he urges us to save a paradise in his backyard, Northern Canada. The Sacred Headwaters, remote and pristine, are under threat because they hide rich tar sands. With stunning photos, Davis asks a tough question: How can we balance society's need for fuels with the urge to protect such glorious wilderness?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; environment; TED2012; 2012
|John Hockenberry: We are all designers - TED.com|
Journalist John Hockenberry tells a personal story inspired by a pair of flashy wheels in a wheelchair-parts catalogue -- and how they showed him the value of designing a life of intent. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; design; humor; journalism; TED2012; 2012
|Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government - TED.com|
Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; activism; city; government; technology; 2012
|Michael Tilson Thomas: Music and emotion through time - TED.com|
In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; history; music; TED2012; 2012
|Liz Diller: A giant bubble for debate - TED.com|
How do you make a great public space inside a not-so-great building? Liz Diller shares the story of creating a welcoming, lighthearted (even, dare we say it, sexy) addition to the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; cities; creativity; TED2012; 2012
|Damian Palin: Mining minerals from seawater - TED.com|
The world needs clean water, and more and more, we're pulling it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing short talk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: Mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; mining; science; technology; water; TED2012; 2012
|Chip Kidd: Designing books is no laughing matter. OK, it is. - TED.com|
Chip Kidd doesn’t judge books by their cover, he creates covers that embody the book -- and he does it with a wicked sense of humor. In one of the funniest talks from TED2012, he shows the art and deep thought of his cover designs. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; humor; literature; TED2012; 2012
|Lucy McRae: How can technology transform the human body? - TED.com|
TED Fellow Lucy McRae is a body architect -- she imagines ways to merge biology and technology in our own bodies. In this visually stunning talk, she shows her work, from clothes that recreate the body's insides for a music video with pop-star Robyn, to a pill that, when swallowed, lets you sweat perfume.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Nathan Wolfe: What's left to explore? - TED.com|
We've been to the moon, we've mapped the continents, we've even been to the deepest point in the ocean -- twice. What's left for the next generation to explore? Biologist and explorer Nathan Wolfe suggests this answer: Almost everything. And we can start, he says, with the world of the unseeably small.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biodiversity; exploration; microbiology; science; TED2012; 2012
|Jared Ficklin: New ways to see music (with color! and fire!) - TED.com|
Designer Jared Ficklin creates wild visualizations that let us see music, using color and even fire (a first for the TED stage) to analyze how sound makes us feel. He takes a brief digression to analyze the sound of a skatepark -- and how audio can clue us in to developing creativity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; music; visualizations; TED2012; 2012
|Gary Kovacs: Tracking the trackers - TED.com|
As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil -- personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you and how it affects your online life. He unveils a Firefox add-on to do just that.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Internet; business; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Paul Gilding: The Earth is full - TED.com|
Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; science; sustainability; technology; 2012
|Philippe Petit: The journey across the high wire - TED.com|
Even a death-defying magician has to start somewhere. High-wire artist Philippe Petit takes you on an intimate journey from his first card trick at age 6 to his tightrope walk between the Twin Towers.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; entertainment; magic; storytelling; TED2012; 2012
|Marco Tempest: The electric rise and fall of Nikola Tesla - TED.com|
Combining projection mapping and a pop-up book, Marco Tempest tells the visually arresting story of Nikola Tesla -- called “the greatest geek who ever lived” -- from his triumphant invention of alternating current to his penniless last days.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; science; storytelling; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story - TED.com|
Filmmaker Andrew Stanton ("Toy Story," "WALL-E") shares what he knows about storytelling -- starting at the end and working back to the beginning. Contains graphic language ...
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; arts; entertainment; film; storytelling; TED2012; 2012
|John Hodgman: Design, explained. - TED.com|
John Hodgman, comedian and resident expert, "explains" the design of three iconic modern objects. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; design; humor; TED2012; 2012
|Jonathan Haidt: Religion, evolution, and the ecstasy of self-transcendence - TED.com|
Psychologist Jonathan Haidt asks a simple, but difficult question: why do we search for self-transcendence? Why do we attempt to lose ourselves? In a tour through the science of evolution by group selection, he proposes a provocative answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; culture; evolution; religion; 2012
|Drew Curtis: How I beat a patent troll - TED.com|
Drew Curtis, the founder of fark.com, tells the story of how he fought a lawsuit from a company that had a patent, "...for the creation and distribution of news releases via email." Along the way he shares some nutty statistics about the growing legal problem of frivolous paten
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; entrepreneur; law; TED2012; 2012
|Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future - TED.com|
Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; invention; sustainability; technology; 2012
|Rob Reid: The $8 billion iPod - TED.com|
Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; business; entertainment; humor; music; 2012
|Steven Addis: A father-daughter bond, one photo at a time - TED.com|
A long time ago in New York City, Steve Addis stood on a corner holding his 1-year-old daughter in his arms; his wife snapped a photo. The image has inspired an annual father-daughter ritual, where Addis and his daughter pose for the same picture, on the same corner, each year. Addis shares 15 treasured photographs from the series, and explores why this small, repeated ritual means so much.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; children; parenting; photography; TED2012; 2012
|Sex needs a new metaphor. Heres one... - TED.com|
For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball -- scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that's more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let's talk about … pizza.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; food; sex; TED2012; 2012
|Billy Collins: Everyday moments, caught in time - TED.com|
Combining dry wit with artistic depth, Billy Collins shares a project in which several of his poems were turned into delightful animated films in a collaboration with Sundance Channel. Five of them are included in this wonderfully entertaining and moving talk -- and don't miss the hilarious final poem!
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; entertainment; humor; poetry; TED2012; 2012
|Terry Moore: Why is 'x' the unknown? - TED.com|
Why is 'x' the symbol for an unknown? In this short and funny talk, Terry Moore gives the surprising answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; history; language; math; TED2012; 2012
|Quixotic Fusion: Dancing with light - TED.com|
Quixotic Fusion is an ensemble of artists that brings together aerial acrobatics, dance, theater, film, music and visual fx. Watch as they perform three transporting dance pieces at TED2012.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; dance; entertainment; technology; TED2012; 2012
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|Atul Gawande: How do we heal medicine? - TED.com|
Our medical systems are broken. Doctors are capable of extraordinary (and expensive) treatments, but they are losing their core focus: actually treating people. Doctor and writer Atul Gawande suggests we take a step back and look at new ways to do medicine -- with fewer cowboys and more pit crews.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; health care; medicine; TED2012; 2012
|Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The long reach of reason - TED.com|
Here's a TED first: an animated Socratic dialog! In a time when irrationality seems to rule both politics and culture, has reasoned thinking finally lost its power? Watch as psychologist Steven Pinker is gradually, brilliantly persuaded by philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein that reason is actually the key driver of human moral progress, even if its effect sometimes takes generations to unfold...
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; philosophy; TED2012; 2012
|A TED speaker's worst nightmare - TED.com|
Colin Robertson had 3 minutes on the TED stage to tell the world about his solar-powered crowdsourced health care solution. And then...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; entertainment; performance; performance art; 2012
|Reuben Margolin: Sculpting waves in wood and time - TED.com|
Reuben Margolin is a kinetic sculptor, crafting beautiful pieces that move in the pattern of raindrops falling and waves combining. Take nine minutes and be mesmerized by his meditative art -- inspired in equal parts by math and natu
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; culture; design; nature; TED2012; 2012
|David Kelley: How to build your creative confidence - TED.com|
Is your school or workplace divided into "creatives" versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his own life, he offers ways to build the confidence to create... (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; creativity; design; technology; TED2012; 2012
|Karen Bass: Unseen footage, untamed nature - TED.com|
At TED2012, filmmaker Karen Bass shares some of the astonishing nature footage she's shot for the BBC and National Geographic -- including brand-new, previously unseen footage of the tube-lipped nectar bat, who feeds in a rather unusual way …
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; animals; film; nature; science; TED2012; 2012
|Christina Warinner: Tracking ancient diseases using ... plaque - TED.com|
Imagine what we could learn about diseases by studying the history of human disease, from ancient hominids to the present. But how? TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an achaeological geneticist, and she's found a spectacular new tool -- the microbial DNA in fossilized dental plaque.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; medicine; paleontology; science; TED2012; 2012
|Thomas P. Campbell: Weaving narratives in museum galleries - TED.com|
As the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Thomas P. Campbell thinks deeply about curating—not just selecting art objects, but placing them in a setting where the public can learn their stories. With glorious images, he shows how his curation philosophy works for displaying medieval tapestries—and for the over-the-top fashion/art of Alexander McQueen. (From The Design Studio session at TED2012, guest-curated by Chee Pearlman and David Rockwell.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; museums; TED2012; 2012
|Taylor Wilson: Yup, I built a nuclear fusion reactor - TED.com|
Taylor Wilson believes nuclear fusion is a solution to our future energy needs, and that kids can change the world. And he knows something about both of those: When he was 14, he built a working fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 17, he takes the TED stage at short notice to tell (the short version of) his story.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; energy; science; technology; youth; 2012
|Susan Cain: The power of introverts - TED.com|
In a culture where being social and outgoing are prized above all else, it can be difficult, even shameful, to be an introvert. But, as Susan Cain argues in this passionate talk, introverts bring extraordinary talents and abilities to the world, and should be encouraged and celebrated.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; business; culture; psychology; 2012
|Brené Brown: Listening to shame - TED.com|
Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; brain; culture; psychology; self; 2012
|Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe? - TED.com|
Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; physics; science; universe; TED2012; 2012
|Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach - TED.com|
Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos. TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir introduces littleBits, a set of simple, interchangeable blocks that make programming as simple and important a part of creativity as snapping blocks together.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; creativity; education; technology; 2012
|Renny Gleeson: 404, the story of a page not found - TED.com|
Oops! Nobody wants to see the 404: Page Not Found. But as Renny Gleeson shows us, while he runs through a slideshow of creative and funny 404 pages, every error is really a chance to build a better relationship.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; marketing; technology; web; TED2012; 2012
|Jon Ronson: Strange answers to the psychopath test - TED.com|
Is there a definitive line that divides crazy from sane? With a hair-raising delivery, Jon Ronson, author of The Psychopath Test, illuminates the gray areas between the two. (With live-mixed sound by Julian Treasure and animation by Evan Grant.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; mind; prison; storytelling; TED2012; 2012
|Vijay Kumar: Robots that fly ... and cooperate - TED.com|
In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors, small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams -- for construction, surveying disasters and far more.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; robots; technology; 2012
|Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls - TED.com|
Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell -- of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; global issues; peace; social change; women; 2012
|Sarah Parcak: Archeology from space - TED.com|
In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; exploration; history; science; space; technology; TED2012; 2012
|James Hansen: Why I must speak out about climate change - TED.com|
Top climate scientist James Hansen tells the story of his involvement in the science of and debate over global climate change. In doing so he outlines the overwhelming evidence that change is happening and why that makes him deeply worried about the future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2012; TED; Talks; climate change; environment; global issues; science; 2012
|Nancy Lublin: Texting that saves lives - TED.com|
When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking -- they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; activism; culture; global issues; health; youth; TED2012; 2012
|Julie Burstein: 4 lessons in creativity - TED.com|
Radio host Julie Burstein talks with creative people for a living -- and shares four lessons about how to create in the face of challenge, self-doubt and loss. Hear insights from filmmaker Mira Nair, writer Richard Ford, sculptor Richard Serra and photographer Joel Meyerowitz.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; creativity; entertainment; photography; TED2012; 2012
|Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo - TED.com|
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; china; culture; entertainment; music; world cultures; TED2012; 2012
|Nick Hanauer on Income Inequality and US Tax Policy - TED.com|
Here is the much-talked-about TED talk on inequality given by Nick Hanauer. We (TED) are posting it here to promote public discussion on an important issue. For more background on this, see this blog post from TED Curator Chris Anderson: http://tedchris.posterous.com
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; economics; jobs; income inequality; tax policy; TED2012; 2012
|Tali Sharot: The optimism bias - TED.com|
Are we born to be optimistic, rather than realistic? Tali Sharot shares new research that suggests our brains are wired to look on the bright side -- and how that can be both dangerous and beneficial.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; neuroscience; psychology; science; TED2012; 2012
|Gabriel Barcia-Colombo: Capturing memories in video art - TED.com|
Using video mapping and projection, artist Gabriel Barcia-Colombo captures and shares his memories and friendships. At TED Fellow Talks, he shows his charming, thoughtful work -- which appears to preserve the people in his life in jars, suitcases, blenders ...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; design; history; memory; storytelling; video; TED2012; 2012